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News briefs from Killington Elementary School

Spring concert

Students spanned the evolution of the telephone as they performed Mr. Bell's Magnificent Ringing Machine on the KES stage last week. The evening included a delightful preschool performance and third graders demonstrated their newly acquired skill in reading music and playing the recorder. The instrumental band and students' chorale and dance performances entertained and inspired all.

With much gratitude and appreciation, we thank our music teacher, Christine Morton, for a terrific display of the music program she leads for our students at KES. We also thank Kate Carey for her vision in set design, Maria Garland for all backstage supervision, and Melissa Knipes and Peggy Neisner for choreography. Thank you to all in the KES community for joining us at the annual spring concert!

Teachers' retreat

Teachers enjoyed new learning at the annual Teachers' Retreat on Thursday, May 10. Our own occupational therapist, Patty Thomas, facilitated a workshop for all of us on the use of iPads in the classroom. This day of training became possible because of individuals who took over classrooms for the day.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Beth Hike for organizing classroom coverage and to the following people for covering classrooms: Courtney Desena, Jen Page, Jennifer Iannantuoni, Laura McKenna, Shari Borzekowski, Annie Masillo, Susan Clarke, Mary Sell, Jane Aiken, Michelle Coates Girard and Lori Weirether. Because of this help, KES teachers walked away with new and exciting ideas and strategies to incorporate iPads in the classroom and enhance student learning. Thank you to Phat Italian for a scrumptious complimentary lunch.

Memorial Day remembrance ceremony

On Friday, May 25, at approximately 1:30 p.m., KES students, faculty, staff, and guests will gather around the flagpole to commemorate Memorial Day. Parents and other guests are welcome to join us!

Nature's classroom

All Windsor Central Supervisory Union sixth graders spent this past week together at Nature's Classroom in Ocean Park, Maine. Nature's Classroom provides a unique educational experience for students and their teachers, offering an extensive and in depth environmental education. It is a place where students take an active role in their education by participating in exciting, hands-on, interdisciplinary classes all week long. Students spend the week living and learning together, developing a sense of community, confidence in themselves, and an appreciation for others that carries over to the school community now and as they move on to middle school.

New Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. Vermont is one of 48 states to adopt these standards.

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

Here at Windsor Central, a study group has formed to review and revise curricula and determine next steps. A new assessment program to coincide with the Common Core Standards is currently under development and is scheduled to replace the NECAP in the spring of 2015.

Tick Bites can be serious

Disease carrying deer ticks reside in the Green Mountains. It is easy for one of these small tick bites to go unnoticed. After a day spent in the great outdoors, a tub soak and a thorough check, head to toe, is recommended. Early detection is key in preventing Lyme Disease.

Note to 2nd grade parents: Thursday was a day spent in the forest and a tick bite was discovered by one diligent parent.



UPCOMING EVENTS:

May 25-KES School Board Meeting at 8:15 a.m.

May 25- KES Memorial Day Remembrance @1:30

May 28-Memorial Day/ No Classes

May 31-5th Grade Science Fair

May 31-3rd & 4th grades BBQ & sleepover

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